JOHN ROWLANDS-PRITCHARD
JOHN ROWLANDS-PRITCHARD

CHANT DAYS

 

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Saturday 9th November 2019
Sarum College, Salisbury
10 am - 4 pm

SING FOR JOY
The course will study chant about singing and music: the Communion ‘Cantate Domino’, Respond ‘Laudabo nomen Dei’, and the hymn ‘Alleluia dulce carmen’.
A special feature of the day is chanting the short midday office of Sext in the Cathedral.
The day works towards a sequence of chant and extracts texts from St Augustine’s sermons about singing, and concludes with Compline.
“Sing with your voices, your hearts, your lips and your lives: Sing to the Lord a new song”.
 

Details and Booking

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Saturday 30 November 2019
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

DITCHLING MUSEUM OF ART + CRAFT
CHANT FOR CHRISTMAS
A singing day using Ditchling’s St Dominic's Press 1926 publication “Cantica Natalia”*; a beautifully printed songbook of Chant for Christmas.  ‘Adeste fideles’, ’Alma redemptoris mater’, ‘Hodie Christus natus est’.  The day works towards an informal performance in Ditchling Church for friends and family.
“Puer natus in Bethlehem: Alleluia”.

* Cantica Natalia. Viginti hymni in honorem Nativitatis Domini nostri Jesu Christi. Ditchling, Sussex Saint Dominic's Press 1926 Folio. 52 pp. One of 95 copies. With ten original woodengravings by Eric Gill, David Jones, Philip Hagreen, and Desmond Chute, all but two of which are hand-colored. A large-format book of early Christmas carols, some in Latin and some in English, with the music printed medieval-style against red rules. Printed on a grand scale after the antiphonals and graduals of the Renaissance, this was the largest book produced by the Press.

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Monday 4th May - Thursday 7th May 2020
Benslow Music

4-day residential course.

GREGORIAN CHANT: THE JOY OF SINGING, will use chant with texts which express singing and music.  This is a full course for singers and for those with interests in the history of music, theology, meditation, and cultural history, through reading, learning and singing the chant.
BENSLOW MUSIC is a dedicated centre for music, hosting many courses throughout the year. It is a privilege to be part of the programme. The price includes 3 nights accommodation, and a cooked breakfast, lunch and supper each day. The excellent catering staff also provide cake and biscuits at coffee and tea time. There is a bar, and a wonderful garden.    

 

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

are a chance to experience Gregorian chant in a friendly, entertaining, informative and enjoyable context.
All are welcome - women and men, singers and non-singers, beginners together with experienced singers.

The day is structured around the traditional Benedictine monastic hour services recited mainly in English.
The day works toward an informal performance of  a sequence of chant, which includes some of the rich heritage of Latin chant.


 

John Rowlands-Pritchard
...worked as a professional singer in the cathedral choirs of Ely and of Wells, and as an oratorio soloist; and founded the group Opus Anglicanum, 5 singers and a reader.

...studied mediaeval song with Professor John Stevens and early Gregorian chant with Dr. Mary Berry at Cambridge, illustrating lectures and broadcast talks for both.

...sang as a Cantor with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge for recital work and recording in many European cathedrals and abbeys, and in the Vatican.

...has directed Gregorian Chant Days for university music departments, cathedral choirs, music festivals, and adult education colleges.

...and in 2016 was made an honorary Associate of the Royal School of Church Music for work with the chant.

...has recently worked for Glastonbury Abbey, Benslow Music, with the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory Co.Meath Ireland, Sarum College, Dorchester Arts, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Seattle Cathedral Compline Choir

 

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